Burma's leading democracy party dusted off a colonial era law to take a legal against the military government for the release of its detained leaders and reopening of the party offices.
The civil suit filed under the Specific Relief Act sought the release of the National League for Democracy Party's leaders, General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Vice-President U Tin Oo.
But the Rangoon and Mandalay High Courts refused to accept the applications on ground of "technicality". Legal advisor for NLD attorney U Aung Thein explained how the suits were filed and rejected. U Aung Htoo of Thai based Burma Lawyers Council said the courts in Burma are controlled by the ruling generals.